I’m reading a fabulous book at the moment about the concept to “be you” by one of my favourite life coaches, Cheryl Richardson. The book is called, “The Art of Extreme Self-Care”, and I recommend it to you. When I read this yesterday, my heart skipped a beat, because it is the same message our pastor is preaching on at church at the moment, and something that really resonates with me. My experience is that when the same message pops up more than once in different places, God is on it, and it is good to stop and listen. This is what I read in Cheryl’s book…
“To practice Extreme Self-Care, you must learn to love yourself unconditionally, accept your imperfections, and embrace your vulnerabilities. From a spiritual perspective, it’s about recognizing that you’re a soul in a physical body who’s here to learn to be more of who you really are. When you treat and view yourself with the respect you deserve, you experience the peace that comes from being present to yourself. The reason it’s so hard to look deeply into your own eyes is because it forces the ego to step aside as you experience a moment of seeing your true nature: a spiritual being housed in a physical shell.”
Wow!! The reason it resonates so much with me is because its who I am as a life coach, as a woman’s advocate, as one who wants to see women rise up and be empowered to be all they were created to be. I love what Cheryl said, “you are here to learn to be more of who you really are.”
Prior to that Cheryl was talking about loving ourselves and looking at our reflection in the mirror and saying, “I love you”, and how hard that was for her to do. I thought about that wondering how saying the words, “I love you” can really change how you feel about yourself. Then I had one of those “aha” moments. Love is a spiritual word! It is after all who God is: God is love! We’ve all heard that. And God is Spirit. We’ve all heard that too. So there is spiritual power in the word ‘love’, so when we say to ourselves, “I love you” (or to someone else) it is transformational! It is love that transforms. Isn’t that amazing!!
So getting back to the above quote, “we are here to learn to be more of who we really are”, who are you learning to be? So here is me saying today, you are free to be you!